In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of whether or not to wear a mask has become a hotly debated topic despite many states having mask mandates in place. Many people believe if they are not in a high-risk category for the virus, they do not need to wear a mask. However, according to medical experts, mask-wearing helps protect others from the potentially deadly virus which is exactly why successful entrepreneur Tzvi Odzer is launching a campaign to provide masks for people who need them.
Tzvi Odzer, who grew up in Brooklyn, NY, started his first business at the age of 18 in the basement of his parents’ home, selling paper products by going door-to-door. He built on that foundation and after three decades, now owns and operates several distribution companies and has recently partnered with the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team and will have naming rights to the new arena in Henderson, Nevada.
“I am a big hockey fan, so I decided to merge two of my passions,” Tzvi Odzer has said in a recent Medium interview.
Odzer, who has created several scholarship programs for young entrepreneurs, is now using his money and influence to create a non-profit to provide masks to those in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings when in public settings if they are unable to maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others. For example, if a trip to the grocery store is necessary, wearing a mask will protect others if the person is infected with the virus as the virus is spread through droplets in the air.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 can be spread from person-to-person before symptoms appear through sneezing, coughing, or simply talking or shouting. A mask can prevent all or most of the droplets from spreading to another person by containing them inside the mask. The CDC recommends that people wear cloth masks so that N-95 masks and other medical-style masks can be left for use by those working in the healthcare field who have a greater chance of being exposed to the virus.
Tzvi Odzer wants to help provide masks to those that are at high-risk if infected by the virus, including people with breathing issues, elderly people, and people who have other underlying medical conditions.